Shh, There’s a Beast in the Imperial Palace


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Just before his death, Chi Jun one-sidedly broke up with Gu Yanzheng. His claws came out as he screamed, “You old tree, get lost! I am fed up with you!”

Then Chi Jun’s two paws held down the zombie emperor and… they perished together.

Once he woke up again, Chi Jun discovered that as a person with the beast transformation and metal ability, he became a little lion of the imperial palace. The tree in the courtyard next to the imperial palace was extremely familiar.

The little lion struggled over the wall and secretly marked beneath the tree. Then the major general, who was away on an expedition, looked at his feet and fell into thought…

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New Magz84 rated it
May 24, 2020
Status: Completed
A cute and interesting story. It was easy to read, at times funny, sometimes exciting. I enjoyed it but there are a lot similar stories out there and I feel it wasnt special enough to get 5 stars. Id recommend it if you haven't read it yet but wouldn't reread myself...
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New Lovemarsh
May 24, 2020
Status: Completed
I really love Shh at what was shown. Liked the empire consept of being depended on "magical cards" like Lazy Merchant's empire had energy stones carved into statues. It's fluffy and fun to read. Only downside is the feeling of an incomplete story.

... more>>

The end is kinda rushed and the story could had gone 30 chapters more and could play more on the ralationship of the 2 instellar empires and maybe get to know what happened to the zerg civil war as it sounds like the storyline is shortly after the end of Lazy Merchant. And the main characters of both stories could maybe had met.


Beside the rushed ending I would totally recommend reading the story. I recommend reading Lazy Merchant first though, but isn't nessesary. <<less
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Anixancy rated it
June 29, 2019
Status: --
I'm not sure why someone has already rated a 2/5 this story at only chapter 2, but I'll be leaving a 5 here for now just to give this story a fighting chance.

This story comes from the same author of "Number One Lazy Merchant of the Beast World" and holy heck is that a super fluffy and happy story about humans who can change into beasts. It's also BL like this story.

So far, the first 2 chapters don't show very much, but pretty much the 2 chapters are essentially "setting... more>> up" the world (and I've mtl'd a but further ahead, and it seems to be JUST as wholesome and fluffy as NOLMBW) The world is very similar to the other novel, so people who enjoy NOLMBW will definitely enjoy this story as well.

I can't comment much about the story, but I hope I've swayed some people to check out this novel.

I'll come back to update my review once there is a reasonable amount of chapters to discuss about. <<less
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takame rated it
October 9, 2019
Status: --
Ignore the troll votes, this one is meng and at the beginning chapter we already had a bun. A hybrid plant bun! Hot-tempered lion x cool ginko tree couple. The author has really wide imagination HAHA. It was loosely related to her other work number 1 lazy merchant and I think that the beastman empire they were dealing with are Aojia's.
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amruta rated it
December 12, 2019
Status: Completed
Similar to Number one lazy merchant.

Fluff. Starts abruptly and ends abruptly. Lot of loose ends. MC likes to fight. Always ready to "explode". Lol

light reading. Don't expect a plot or character development.
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TheLadyWhoLikesBoyLove rated it
December 21, 2019
Status: Completed
I agree with other reviews, this one was great just that the ending was a bit rushed, the author could've given a few extra chapters to see their lives.

But dont stop yourself from reading this just because of our reviews, as I've said it was greatm its really fluffy and heartwarming <3
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Aachiin0914 rated it
December 15, 2019
Status: Completed
I can say that this is really good...

2x the fluffiness of #1 lazy merchant.

While reading it I don't understand why there is so many low ratings in this novel.

Now I understand.

I was so shock when the next bottom suddenly disappear.

Then the translator. said that the author ended it there.

And here I thought there would be an cross over ch.

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Kitix rated it
December 5, 2019
Status: c74
Let me start with mentioning that this novel by the same author as "Number One Lazy Merchant" novel so expect lots of fluff and diabetes. However, unlike previous novel this one was not as.... captivating. I am not sure how to grasp/name this feeling I have... maybe sometimes frustrating...

Well, I will start with main couple, who are MC lion and ML tree. They are 'old' couple who are super sweet to each other to the point of self-harm, neither talk with each other openly what is weird considering their long... more>> dating time in previous world. That what caused my frustration most of times, talk more! tell more! What I can say, author prefers sell fluff through miscommunication? Some examples in spoiler:


For example, when MC kept thinking that major and his tree are different people on what ML never commented and kept 'deceiving' his partner waiting for MC to finally see the truth. In the end, instead of telling truth and not worry MC, our lion finally figured it out on his own.... well okay, maybe some play after meeting each other...

However, then comes moment of bitter tea on which ML never commented and kept drinking not to make his lion 'sad'? This situation instead of cute felt weird, you guys are old couple and know each other preferences then why not talk openly instead of bearing with it? Of course, kind-hearted secondary character pointed out to our MC to try tea he brewed. On the other hand, part with fertiliser which is almost 'poison' (or not almost) to the tree was never talked over, though I think author just put this part for that 'poo ball' which flew into prince's room as comedy gag (what was actually satisfying).

Anyway, I wish these two talked more about their insecurities and things they like/dislike to make 'old' couple stronger and feel like they really dated for long time already. I wish ML also pointed out to MC that he doesn't need to fight anymore, I mean they are in relatively stable environment with no need to fight zombies plus ML also had trauma of MC blowing up so why not to explain to MC or at least let him be soldier so he can in future be able fight 'Zerg' (I know MC had unstable core, but this can be solution for later use since his Lion is so fond of fighting....) Where is his determination from the first half of novel, not to indulge MC to fight anymore?


As for the plot, it was there, but also wasn't. I would like to point out that I didn't expect some kind of super complicated plot or anything, I knew that it would be fluff and came exactly for that. However, plot and world building is still important and can sell us more meng (like in Number One Merchant). This novel confused me a lot at the start, I never read novel with cards which can transform into animals and all this pattern engraving so it was very hard to grasp this world mechanics at first. Thing which also didn't help that MC kept remembering previous world with Base A. I also didn't understood how come MC grasped this world so fast, I mean look he is lion from apocalypse with zombies and comes to 'advanced' world with robots and metal cards turning into beasts, but he calmly accepted and became 'genius' engraver...


Talking about engraving.... I wish author spent a bit more time on explaining on how our MC managed to grasp this engraving process so fast and even simplify them! I will again use comparison to Number One Merchant, in that novel MC was making sculptures in his original world and of course had experience which he implemented later, but he still needed to learn some techniques from new world what made process logical. Now let's look on MC lion of this novel, we know he has ability which lets him have more understanding of metal, but that's it. We never know how exactly he figured it out just by looking at patterns in store and it was never explained. I truly wish there was more fluent way to show his progress plus there was moment of 'school', but our couple entered and left almost immediately and it was never mentioned again. I would like to also point out how such impatient and love to fight lion can take time to sit and engrave cards, it's a bit inconsistent with his personality...

Another part which greatly disappointed me is how their 'child' which they supposed to 'love and spoil' was just there for looks. 'Parents' rarely paid him attention and I don't even remember if they kept promise of hugging him... In the end, they just made him new 'prince' to be 'emperor', gave him better castle and nanny robot and left for cure... That is not a fluffy situation I came for...

Talking about 2nd part of plot aka 'looking for cure' which... was the most frustrating thing ever! I mean look they were clever enough to find all drugs and information on experiments which shows that they can do research (tho done by robot) ! Why suddenly when they came to Beast Planet their IQ dropped dramatically! They came to planet they know nothing about and ML finally sees that stone has some effect on his lion. Why they didn't ask beastmen why they were so after those stones? This is like the very first question they should have asked for! It was very frustrating to see them go long way of useless cub lion cute moments and MC wondering why they kept looking for more stones since ML never mentioned that stone was having effect on MC. I felt like breath of fresh air when Old Master came and finally explained MC situation, but even like this our couple still didn't look for explanation on net or asked more details. They just thought they are done with small statues and can do deed safely to finally return on next day since 10 from 20+ stones broke and just saying that they are too fragile (facepalm).

Anyway! Here comes part which readers like me who read previous novel of this author and who were waiting for appearance of Number One Merchant couple! Just small meeting would have been enough, but in the end it was very brief, they just saw Aojia and never Rong Rong who made them huge statue... and here novel finished. We don't have any extras if they came back to their 'son', we never got wedding in their capital, it was finished just like that... 'old' couple finally could roll in the sheets to find huge statue of tree and lion outside window (?) and 'poof' novel is finished.

Author... it was too abrupt.... even cliffhangers not as cruel....


To sum up, this novel sells a lot of fluff and less plot details, it lacks compared to "Number One Merchant" novel and more of mindless read, its ending was also pretty rushed what many readers pointed out and I highly agree (I hope author will do some extras). Couple supposed to be portrayed as dating for a long time, but it felt more like 'just started dating' instead. It's not bad read, but a bit of drag by the end. <<less
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Kisaki_Tsubasa rated it
December 3, 2019
Status: Completed

I've read "The Number One Lazy Merchant of the Beast World" by the same author and loved it. This story happens in the same universe but in a different galaxy with some crossover elements, but I didn't enjoy it half as much. The reason being, I didn't like the main characters.

The MC is way too impulsive and reckless and those are two characteristics I really dislike in MC's. He acts however the hell he wants without thinking of the consequences because he has a powerful lover with healing abilities that... more>> allows him to take risks until one day he actually died. But even after rebirth, instead of reflecting on it what does he do? The same old damn thing again. He finds his lover again who's completely traumatized by his lover dying in front of his eyes, but he still acts willfully. Sure, he feels a bit guilty and gets a little sad for a few seconds, but the next he's doing it again.

The ML isn't much better. He spoils the MC rotten but not in a good way. Yeah yeah, who doesn't like a nice ML who pampers the MC, but this one does it even when he shouldn't.


The ML is a tree, but doesn't need fertilizer, in fact, he can't stand the stench of fertilizer, but when the MC gives him fertilizer, instead of telling him he doesn't need it but still appreciates the effort, he just takes it silently and gets rid of it when the MC isn't looking. The ML loves tea, but it doesn't mean he likes super bitter tea. The MC doesn't drink tea and knows nothing about tea, but he buys it for the ML, very nice, but then the MC just dumps a bunch of super bitter tea leaves into the tea pot and brews a super concentrated super bitter tea for the ML without even trying it or learning how to brew tea. What does the ML do? He just drinks it even when his faces goes rigid and his limbs are trembling from the bitterness and even goes out of his way to keep the MC from finding out his tea is horrible. Yeah haha very funny, but a relationship shouldn't be like that. If I do something for my S/O I'd like it if they actually like what I'm doing for them and I'd appreciate it if they told me the truth, so if they don't like it, then I'd know not to do it again. It's fine in small instances but the instances in this novel are too extreme. These scenes just make me cringe and make me wonder how the ML can continue living like this.


This novel also tends to drag the suspense way too much and unnecessarily.


Like the MC's and ML's reunion. The ML found out the MC had found his tree and his house when he was away, but the MC didn't know the house was the ML's. Does the ML contact the MC to let the MC know? NO, what does he do? He lets the MC stress and round around to find ways to get his lover's tree out of that house for days. WHY!? What if the MC gets some wild ideas out of desperation and does something dangerous? He's in a strange world he knows nothing about and his identity is someone who escaped from imprisonment from the palace!


The ML is supposed to be intelligent his actions really puts that into question


When he's trying to find ways to cure the MC's illness, he focuses too much on the genetic drugs and doesn't even mention that there are Beastmen in another galaxy to the MC. Instead of putting all his hopes in the drugs he should've thought about the Beastmen as well. When analyzing the drugs failed, instead of saying they would find other ways, he lets the MC tell him to get his energy core out. This was a very poor attempt at a sad moment. It was just frustrating. Also, when they finally go to the Beastmen galaxy, instead of quickly making some money and get themselves a computer to access their network to do a search to see if Beastmen tend to have a similar illness as the MC, they go around in a goose chase in a remote planet. A very quick search would've answered all of their questions and it would've solved their problem so much faster and easier! But instead of doing that, they go around doing some really pointless things for many days. In the end it had to be someone else who discovered the little lion was sick and had to tell them everything about how the Beastmen physique works. SO POINTLESS! It would've been so much better if the lion and the tree had somehow encountered the snow leopard and the dragon from the other novel and became friends which would make the diplomatic relations of their galaxies even better.


The novel ends very abruptly and we don't get a clear conclusion.


In the end, we don't even know what happens to their so called "child-who-they-wanted-to-spoil". They just left him in the empty palace with a robot nanny. The author is very bad at integrating children into her stories. It happens in the other novel too. In both novels the children act as decoration. The parents always stuff them in a bag pack and forget about their existence most of the time. In this novel, the parents just left altogether.


This novel was kinda funny sometimes but it just frustrated me most of the time. I don't feel any of the fluff most people are talking about. Yeah yeah, the couple love each other a lot, but that's not all there is to a good fluffy story. <<less
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BillionJellyfish rated it
December 2, 2019
Status: Completed
Super fluffy and sweet!

The MC: 18 years old, a lion, and a metal ability user

The ML: 28 years old, a ginkgo tree, and a wood/healer ability user

... more>> In-depth Summary:

Back in the original world of a zombie apocalypse, the MC self-exploded in order to protect the ML from a high level zombie. The explosion caused a space time rip and the ML sensed the MC's consciousness going into the rip, hence the ML jumped in to follow the MC. After jumping through the space time rip, the ML finds himself in a completely different futuristic sci-fi world. In order to find the MC again, the ML trained up to become the major general of an army to find the MC. The MC arrived to ML's world several years later in the body of an injured lion clone. After several twists and turns, the MC and ML finally get together again and live happily ever after.


This novel is written by the same author of Number One Lazy Merchant of the Beast World! Because of this, there are many fluffy moments of the MC in his lion form, adult and cub form. There is also a cameo of Rong Rong and the Black Dragon from Number One Lazy Merchant of the Beast World! Despite some drama here and there, the story is more slice of life and a very relaxing read. <<less
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_shinigami_ rated it
November 14, 2019
Status: Completed
ahh what a sweet fluffy thing. Also this one is within the same universe as the lazy merchant (another book of the author, they even made cameo 😉) this is a short one so the pace is quite fast and the conflicts are not stretched out.

Overall a short fluffy read, though I hope there would be atl an extra or two
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Kaylee rated it
May 21, 2020
Status: c1
I read this and yet I'm so confused with this. I feel like,..... I dont understand what's happening there. I dont know, all the content is confusing to udnerstand.
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May 1, 2020
Status: --
The characters here is very different in my opinion than NOLMBW and I kinda didn't like how this one is starting. Read few chapters and I don't feel like continuing I didn't like how it started really...
I just don't know wether to continue or not....

Now I just remembered something...
Have you guys ever thought how weird the fact that, the MC and ML in this novel transmigrated, and like the universe they have transmigrated is the universe where the ML and MC of NOBW lived and like really it... more>> is weird. Doesn't that mean that the universe might be ya know.... Not real?

waw sorry I don't know if this theory is really informative but I tried.

I really don't really like nor hate the MC and the ML here so nvm I'm just gonna... ya know.. leave... <<less
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CathyNguyen377 rated it
March 27, 2020
Status: c74
The story was really cute, the Gingko Tree spoiled and doted on his lion a lot which led to them neglecting their kid a bit. The robot's thought process was hilarious especially when he nearly quit being the Tree's servant and instead wanted to work for the lion
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izayaYY rated it
February 7, 2020
Status: --
Same universe as "Number one lazy merchant...", and exactly like the aforementioned, it is equally full of fluff, romance, doting partners, and adventure... tbh, I think it is almost identical with the same story template and about same characterisation, but I don't mind since I really enjoy little fantasies like this one, with zero angst and zero drama, just pure adventurous fun. There is even a crossover into RongMingShi’s and Aojia’s beastman world.
It does have an abrupt end, like many readers said. All plots found a satisfactory ending except... more>> that I wanted more extra time with the MCs and the side characters. I am hoping there will be some more chapters in the future. <<less
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earlgreyt rated it
December 9, 2019
Status: Completed
Very light very fluffy, but with a pretty awesome/OP MC. I really enjoyed this and would have given it 4 stars if the author hadn't ended the story so abruptly! This story was only recently completed (Nov 8 2019), so I hope the author eventually writes some extras to tie up the loose ends.

Overall, this is a very sweet childhood friends/lovers/transmigration fic with both MC and ML transmigrating from a post-apocalypse zombie world into an advanced interstellar world. The MC had previously sacrificed himself in a big boss battle in... more>> order to save the ML, but ended up opening a dimensional portal through which the ML followed. This is established relationship domestic fluff (which I enjoy a lot) and some past-reminiscence on how they got together. There isn't any angst, just some very very adorable reunions and humor.

ML also takes mostly a back seat to let the MC run the show, which is rare. MC is a super cool lion shapeshifter and metal ability user while the ML is a powerful plant/healer who spends much of his time trying to help the MC heal his damaged body. It's pretty much about the MC exploring the new world and becoming rich and respected while the ML dotes and supports him with his status as an important military leader. <<less
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CarinaNovel Updates rated it
November 26, 2019
Status: c74
Warning: My review may contain a lot of spelling mistakes!

Tags that are important to me: Fluffy, pampering lover, overprotective ML, overpowered MC + ML, face slapping, transmigration (just MC, ML went through a black hole), cut of ending, no smut =shonen ai

Short, rough summary of the whole story:

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MC who is a lion, that can transform into human and has iron manipulated ability, transmigrated from a apocalypse into an interstellar universe, into the body of the Empire's princes clone, that was used for experiments. Because of that he had a gene defect, which results in emotional outbursts (trigger can be the slightest emotional fluctuation, like joy or jealousy) that cause the energy core to go rampant and make lion Chi explod without ML's healing ability.

ML/ ginko tree can transform into human and has a wood system/ability. When his lover=MC destroyed his core to protect him from the zombie emperor and died he fell into despair. Suddenly a black hole opened up he felt like he could met his lion again through institution and went inside and experience immense pain. Afterwards he entered on some planet and later became mayor general of the empire with his SSS physique.

After MC arrives and basically makes himself at home in the general's house, in which his unresponsive big ginkgo tree stands. In order to become rich and buy the generals house, he becomes a beast card imprinter (with the help of his iron ability) and simplify the beast patterns.

ML gave the experiment Clone's soul a seedling body and over came the misunderstanding of an affair, he finally returned from the beastman empire, which he established friendly diplomatic relations with (in order to find his lion). Old iron (=the household robot of the generals hous) was thought of as an silly by the little lion, for letting a total stranger stay in the Generals house (which was actually an order ML made).

Old Iron became stronger and more intelligent (and emotional) and at the end achieved his goal of becoming the fifth member of this happy family (bonsai tree +lion chi + General gu + lion seedling)

After they face slap the royal scum family through a public trial and let the emperor get death penalty and the prince a life in prison, they let their adopted son, the clone of the prince, who has grown up a bit, ascent the throne. Then they go to the beastman empire in order to find a cure for MC's 'sickness'. There they take part in a energy stone gamble and ML finds a way to cure MC (through silver energy stones) that are carved into the owners beast shap and than they see a black dragon and his companion (Number One Lazy Merchant of the Beast World)


The story was great! Very fluffy and nothing sad. The end was cut short, like way to short. They made love once (not detailed), just found a cure, but the story ends? And they didn't even spent much time with their adopted son or old iron. I am seriously disappointed. The rest is nice to read. I hope for extras, that can ease my aching heart.

Personally I can recommend this story and I would read it again. <<less
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bmb rated it
November 26, 2019
Status: c74
My rating is 3.5/4.

I liked the story but to be honest the ending was awful because it was too rushed and there are some plotholes. It was disappointing.

Some characters just stopped appearing in the final chapters (60-74) (little lion and robot)... and you don't know what happened to them, how it's their life...

The best you can do is read this story without expecting to have a good plot, just go for the fluff, as I did.
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Lioness94 rated it
November 26, 2019
Status: c74
I really liked this story, definitely 4 stars, but I just found the ending to be a bit rushed.

And besides that, I would've liked to have seen a bit more interactions between Aojia, Rong Rong, Yangzhen and Chi jun, even if it was just one or two chapters.
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